Back on the Enrichment Bandwagon

With many goings-on these past few weeks we’ve fallen behind in our New Year’s Enrichment Project (and our blog posts for that matter!).  However starting this week we’re forcing ourselves back into the swing of things. This week we decided to pursue a “project” that would benefit both us and someone else- we’re going to write reviews for some of our favorite places, restaurants, hotels etc… on Yelp and/or TripAdvisor.  In the past we’ve often used the sites to help us make some tough decisions and we figured it would be a nice gesture to give credit where credit is due.  We decided to only write positive reviews.  Maybe at some point we’ll get down to dishing out the negative reviews that some places deserve, but for now we’ll only be focusing on the positive.  We have the goal of writing a minimum of 3 each and will let you know the one’s we select- all reviews are set to be up by the end of the weekend.

In the vein of trying to be good about the upkeep of our Enrichment Project we’ve already selected next week’s project- No Alcohol!  If you know us, you know that will be a MAJOR CHALLENGE…well now I’ve made us sound like alcoholics- I promise we’re not but, really how can you live in Germany and not drink at least a beer a day!? I regularly see people drinking beer on the U-Bahn at all times of day and everyday of the week (and swear they aren’t bums!), it’s just a way of life here.  We will be starting this task next Tuesday, seeing as Monday is Dave’s 27th birthday!!!  This actually works out perfectly due to the fact that the following Tuesday we’re leaving for an 8-day trip to Ireland! It will be good for a week of detox before we head to the Emerald Isle for all the Saint Patrick’s day festivities!


Enrichment Project 2012

Adrian and I always make New Years resolutions to try and improve our lives every year. Usually she sticks to hers pretty well… I almost never do. This year in addition to our normal resolutions, we stole an idea from my favorite website reddit and decided to also do a different enrichment project together each week. Here is our (incomplete) list:

1. No Alcohol 
2. Watch a TED talk everyday – For those who don’t know, TED talks are lectures given on a variety of thought provoking topics. Here is a link.
3. Memorize the Phonetic Alphabet – This one will be tough!
4. Exercise everyday (b/ 45 minutes-1hour)
5. No Facebook & No Reddit
6. Educational Class with supplemental book – We have been looking at iTunesU and other various online free classes. Any suggestions?
7. Try New Recipes – Try cooking some food we have never had each day of the week
8. Classic Movies – Something from this list that we have never seen
9. Write three Letters – Write and mail at least 3 hand written letters to loved ones
10. Learn a new Skill – Not sure what we want to learn yet… maybe juggling, oragami or knitting. Any other suggestions?

We think it is going to be really challenging but really fun and rewarding. Hopefully we can accomplish everything… we will be keeping track on this web site of course. Maybe we can keep some of these going the whole year or if we think of some more challenges, maybe we can extend the challenge beyond 10 weeks! As always, we welcome any and all suggestions.